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image and text by
Joel Sternfeld

from the series:
On This Site/ Landscape In Memoriam.

Central Park, north of the Obelisk,
behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York, May 1993

Jennifer Levin and Robert Chambers were seen leaving Dorrian’s Red Hand, an Upper East Side bar, at 4:30 A.M. on August 26, 1986. Her body was found beneath this crab apple tree in Central Park at 6:15 A.M. that same morning. An autopsy revealed that she had been strangled. She was eighteen years old when she died. Chambers, who was nineteen at the time of the crime, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.